SUNDAY FUNDAY: Patriots followers may have all of the feels – Sports activities – providencejournal.com
Week 1 of the NFL season goes to be a bizarre one for everyone, however particularly in New England with a altering of the guard … err, quarterback. Plus, we’ve obtained your NFL picks for the week.
It is a bizarre day for New England Patriots followers.
First off, Sunday wasn’t even speculated to occur. COVID-19 was going to crush skilled sports activities and we weren’t going to get them again.
However right here we’re, prepared for Week 1 of the NFL season. The Patriots are going to play in an extremely empty Gillette Stadium that’s really going to have fewer folks in it than the 1990 staff that went 1-15. The 2020 Pats needs to be higher than that.
Or will they? It’s most likely a great factor Gillette will probably be empty as a result of I’m not fairly positive how followers would react when No. 1 runs out of the tunnel as an alternative of No. 12. Awkward pleasure? Half-hearted cheers? Or simply absolute madness as a result of soccer is soccer?
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A Sunday the place Tom Brady wasn’t quarterback of the New England Patriots was a day many of the nationwide media pined for. This was when the Patriots can be uncovered as a fraud that hid behind the most effective quarterback in NFL historical past, when their bandwagon followers would present their true colours and after they can lastly develop into a laughingstock.
However is it going to occur? We’ll discover out. Cam Newton continues to be in his prime years and he’s nonetheless has MVP potential. Everybody within the group appears to like his vitality and angle and if that infects the locker room, perhaps this factor really works.
For the primary time since 2001, the Patriots enter the NFL season as a query mark. Nothing is for sure, apart from they’re positively taking part in Week 1 and that’s when – not like seasons previous, once you needed to look forward to the postseason – is when the drama begins.
Now as the most effective highschool soccer prognosticator Rhode Island’s ever had (self appointed), I’m going to attempt my hand at NFL video games. That is primarily for leisure functions – each mine and the readers – so don’t run off to Twin River with a mortgage cost in hand fairly but.
Traces are taken from ESPN.com and, for the document, I had Kansas Metropolis and the over at 52.5 Thursday evening so the season couldn’t have began off higher. I ought to stop whereas I’m forward, however I don’t know any higher.
On to the picks.
MIAMI at NEW ENGLAND (-7, O/U 42)
The unbiased journalist in me says it is a shut, low-scoring recreation. The fanboy in me says Cam Newton’s gonna mild up the scoreboard prefer it’s the Fourth of July.
THE PICK: Patriots 28, Dolphins 20
SEATTLE at ATLANTA (-1, O/U 48.5)
Heaps at stake for Russell Wilson right here. Taking part in in his spouse’s child mama’s hometown? Higher present up in a giant means right here.
THE PICK: Seahawks 30, Falcons 20
NEW YORK JETS at BUFFALO (-6.5, O/U 39)
If the Jets can’t beat themselves it’s laborious to see how they’re going to win a recreation this 12 months.
THE PICK: Payments 24, Jets 6
CHICAGO AT DETROIT (-3, O/U 42.0)
Bears followers already depressing hitting Week 1 after seeing Pat Mahomes and DeShaun Watson – two QBs they might have drafted as an alternative of Mitch Trubisky – battle in Thursday’s opener. This recreation gained’t make them really feel higher.
THE PICK: Lions 20, Bears 17
GREEN BAY at MINNESOTA (-2.5, O/U 45)
The headliners needs to be Aaron Rodgers vs. Kirk Cousins, however this recreation’s going to be all about Dalvin Prepare dinner vs. Aaron Jones, two of the most effective backs within the NFL.
THE PICK: Vikings 24, Packers 20
PHILADELPHIA at WASHINGTON (+6, O/U 42)
No followers within the stands for the Soccer Crew, which might be true even when they have been allowed within the stands this 12 months. They stink.
THE PICK: Eagles 38, Soccer Crew 0
LAS VEGAS at CAROLINA (+3, O/U 48)
It’s solely going to be a matter of time earlier than each defensive coordinator within the NFL wises up and begins working the “cowl Christian McCaffrey in any respect prices” plan in opposition to the Panthers.
THE PICK: Raiders 27, Panthers 10
INDIANAPOLIS at JACKSONVILLE (+7.5, O/U 45)
What occurs first – Jaguars win a recreation or Chiefs lose one?
THE PICK: Colts 35, Jaguars 7
CLEVELAND at BALTIMORE (-7, O/U 47.5)
It’s so becoming Odell Beckham performs for the Browns and in case you don’t get that joke you weren’t on Twitter this week.
THE PICK: Ravens 28, Browns 14
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS at CINCINNATI (+3, O/U 41)
One other 12 months of Onerous Knocks, one other 12 months of me being overly assured in how good that staff goes to be.
THE PICK: Chargers 24, Bengals 10
TAMPA BAY at NEW ORLEANS (-3.5, O/U 48)
This is perhaps a troublesome one for Patriots followers to observe, however now when Tom Brady appears to be like outdated and sluggish everybody in an offense which may not match him at 43, everybody can say ‘Belichick did it once more.’
THE PICK: Saints 33, Buccaneers 20
ARIZONA at SAN FRANCISCO (-7, 48)
The 49ers have been the shock staff of 2019. The Cardinals are in regards to the be the shock staff of 2020.
THE PICK: Cardinals 24, 49ers 19
DALLAS at LOS ANGELES RAMS (+2, 51.5)
For years the Cowboys have carried out woefully in a patently mediocre NFC East. This 12 months there’s no excuses. Tremendous Bowl or bust for the ’Boys this 12 months.
THE PICK: Cowboys 28, Rams 27
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